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ERIC Number: ED271942
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Restructuring the English Department in Third World Countries.
Zughoul, Muhammad Raji
The structure of the university English department in Third World countries is examined with respect to curricula, objectives, policies, and traditions. Examples are drawn from Arab countries, India, Pakistan, and several African countries. The typical syllabus in English has offered a complete coverage of English literature, but little emphasis on language and linguistics. In view of the linguistic and practical needs of students in Third World countries, the validity of maintaining the traditional structure is questioned. Rather, the need is for departments in which language, literature, linguistics, and methodology are incorporated into the curriculum with the objective of building the graduate's linguistic competence in preparation for employment to meet the needs of the developing community. The study of English literature could be carried on in an honors course. Other proposals are that literature be adapted for the purpose of linguistic instruction, taught in the native language, or taught in courses in comparative literature; it could be taught as a verbal art, used as a tool for political study, or incorporated into a general literature curriculum. Any of these solutions would de-emphasize the controversial colonial aspect of English. A bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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